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Farmhouse Style Kitchen Tour – HELP! I Wrecked My House Season 2
How about we take a little farmhouse style kitchen tour today? This kitchen project from HELP! I Wrecked My House Season 2 Episode 3 is a great example of how a space can change drastically without doing major demolition. We changed nothing with the main footprint of this kitchen but were able to elevate the design and improve how this room works for a busy family of five. Paige and her husband Nathan were trying to make this house work with their three young kids and do DIY updates on their own. But in trying to fix the kitchen, they made it pretty hard to use on a daily basis. Since Paige is a baker and has a degree in nutrition, I really wanted to make sure this kitchen could keep up with her delicious concoctions. This family wanted a farmhouse style for this project, and if you know me, this is a style I don’t do very often. It was fun to mix it up to take their dated and less-than-workable kitchen and give it a new design and feel, all while keeping the footprint intact. Let’s dive right in!
Answer me this question: Does this before photo look like the kitchen that would belong to someone with a degree in nutrition who happily bakes fresh bread from scratch for her family every morning? I mean, you could technically say, “Sure,” but to me the answer is “NO!” Paige is passionate about nutrition and baking, and this kitchen before was anything but inspiring for those endeavors. Let’s rewind a second: Paige and Nathan had already purchased these appliances, but when they went to remove the old ones, they realized the paint behind the range didn’t extend down the wall. So their next logical step was to remove the existing backsplash so they could install one that covers the area behind the range. But with that exploration came the drywall with it. Suddenly every time anyone so much as breathed in the kitchen, drywall dust would disperse. This was not a happy baker’s kitchen. Ideally I would have changed the layout of the kitchen, but the home is built on a post-tension slab. What that means is you can’t just move the plumbing around like you can on a normal slab. Doing so would have cost us at least $20,000, and we didn’t have that kind of budget. So I made it my mission to fully upgrade this kitchen without touching the existing floor plan.
First order of business was to make sure there wasn’t any mold or water damage from a flood that happened in the upstairs bathroom. Since the water rained down into the first floor, there was bound to be something lurking under the cabinets. Upon further inspection, the existing pony wall (where the bar stool seating is) had black mold in it from the flood. Paige and Nathan admitted that they did not address the flood damage immediately. Black mold is BAD NEWS, people. If you see it in your home, don’t waste any time and call in a pro. We removed the existing pony wall where the dining countertop is, installed a new one and remediated any mold that was found. Now the kitchen was safe. We kept the pantry where it was and extended new cabinetry all the way to the ceiling. We also put the new appliances back in, but built the microwave into the lower cabinetry. A quartz backsplash and quartz countertops were installed to give the kitchen a bright and light feel.
Before, the kitchen didn’t have any pendant lighting hanging above the bar top seating like you see here now. Adding this feature gives this smaller kitchen more of a grand feeling – it also feels a little like this bar is a kitchen island.
Since we couldn’t change the footprint of this kitchen, I wanted to make it feel as different as possible. One way we did that was by taking the microwave down from above the range and installing a custom vent hood. We added a new vent hood above the range for ventilation, framed around it, added tongue and groove on the face, and painted it to match the cabinetry. This custom carpentry project cost $600, was a simple fix, and looks a million times better than a microwave.
All in all, this kitchen project cost us $50,000 and is a far cry from what it used to be. You can see that we did extend the feel of the kitchen into the dining area to make the kitchen feel larger… more on that in a minute!
Another feature we added to this space is open shelving, which is always a great opportunity to use functional decor. The things we regularly use in the kitchen can actually be really lovely when styled the right way on a shelf – maybe with a plant or a framed art piece. I recently broke down the whole process of styling this particular set of open shelves here.
Because we couldn’t extend the kitchen from a construction sense, I wanted to make it feel larger by integrating it into the dining area.
I was determined to give Paige a special place to make her bread. So I came up with this idea for a custom baking station! I knew I wanted to use something vintage for the baking station, so I met my carpenter Micah at a favorite vintage warehouse of mine, Through the Porthole. We found a pair of vintage cabinets for $250 each and came up with a design that would incorporate shelving and a marble countertop between the cabinets.
The marble top, while expensive, was crucial for this dough-rolling station because marble is a cool material and dough doesn’t stick to it as easily. I was able to nickel and dime my way to afford this piece for the project by saving money elsewhere. This custom baking station cost $2,500 and is the perfect spot for Paige to lovingly bake her famous bread every day.
Probably the coolest thing about the baking station? It has a mixer lift! And the mixer is all plugged in and everything. If you’ve ever tried to lift one of these bad boys up and move it around, you know why it’s so awesome to have this custom feature.
Thanks for taking this kitchen tour with me! Anyone else craving baked goods right about now? What’s your favorite part of Paige and Nathan’s kitchen? I’d love to hear in the comments 🙂